PhD in Chemical Engineering

Clarkson University Graduate School

Program Description

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Clarkson University Graduate School

The graduate program in chemical engineering is designed to prepare you for a career in research, development, design, or education.

Admission to graduate study will be granted to qualified applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering from an accredited institution or who have equivalent qualifications.

The chemical engineering program is housed in our Center for Advanced Materials Processing, which has excellent research facilities for conducting state-of-the-art research. At Clarkson, you receive hands-on training as well as classroom teaching to ensure you are truly prepared for graduation.

Degree Requirements

In the Coulter School of Engineering, the minimum requirements for a Ph.D. degree are as follows:

  • 90 credit hours minimum (beyond BS):
    • Minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework
      • Minimum of 15 credit hours in the major field
      • Minimum of 9 credit hours in the minor field
      • Minimum of 6 credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed
    • Minimum of 9 of the coursework credit hours taken in residence (may include distance learning classes taken through Clarkson)
    • Minimum of 6 credit hours of Seminar
    • Maximum of 30 credit hours transferred from a master's degree towards Ph.D. requirements (B grade or better; forms for obtaining transfer credit are available from the department office)
    • Cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.0 in coursework contributing to degree requirements
    • Minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study or the equivalent of part-time study. Two years of study must be in residence at Clarkson University. Students in the external Ph.D. program are exempt from this residency requirement.
    • Satisfactory completion of the Ph.D. candidacy procedure within two years after matriculation into the Ph.D. program for full-time students or before completing 66 credits for part-time students
    • A written dissertation must be submitted by each candidate and defended orally as part of the final examination.
    • All work must be completed within seven years after the student is identified as a Ph.D. candidate.
    • All accepted international students, for whom English is a second language, are required to take an English-as-a-second-language placement exam (LA005) upon their arrival on campus and complete any recommended requirements.


  • Transport Phenomena (Fall)
  • Chemical Engineering Analysis (Fall)
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Spring)
  • Chemical Reactor Analysis II (Spring)

General Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: BS or BE in chemical engineering. Those with degrees in other science or engineering disciplines may also be admitted but will be required to make up undergraduate course deficiencies.

A complete application file consists of the following:

  • application form
  • resume and statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation — three letters required
  • official transcripts
  • test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

*GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
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USA - Potsdam, New York
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